Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rusty Nailed (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

Blurb:

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!


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About the Author:

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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Review by Yvette:

What happens after the happy ending? That's the question that Alice Clayton answers in Rusty Nailed, which returns to Wallbanger protagonists, Simon and Caroline, to give readers a look into the next chapter of their lives. If Wallbanger was the "fantasy" stage of Simon and Caroline's relationship, Rusty Nailed is the cold hard reality, introducing the couple to problems more serious than the quest to recover Caroline's elusive O. I'll admit to being a bit nervous about reading the follow-up story for these characters because I wasn't overly eager to delve into the angst that would undoubtedly develop in the afterglow of post-coital bliss. Luckily, the author brings her signature comedic style of writing to lighten the tone of the narrative and remind readers of why we first fell in love with the Wallbanger and his pink nightie girl.

I’m not quite sure what I expected when I first learned that Alice Clayton would bring back protagonists Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker in Rusty Nailed, but I definitely didn’t expect to get the more realistic side of Happily Ever After. Gone are the days of Simon’s revolving door of one night stands (and Caroline’s corresponding colorful commentary), as Simon and Caroline enter a “grown-up” relationship, complete with hectic work hours and the occasional lover’s quarrel. Unlike Wallbanger, which is all about the build-up to the relationship, Rusty Nailed is about Simon and Caroline’s journey to finding themselves as individuals and as a couple. The narrative provides moment of laughter, seriousness, and general craziness as these characters attempt to navigate their future together.

What I love about Alice Clayton is that she has a very specific voice, combining quirky and sexy to create her own unique brand of humor. While Rusty Nailed wasn’t as laugh-out-loud hilarious as Wallbanger, the cast of characters provide a constant source of amusement. On several occasions, I find reason to question the sanity of these characters, Caroline in particular, as the narrator, but they are nothing if not entertaining. Overall, Rusty Nailed didn't quite capture the same level of magic as Wallbanger, which was a solid five star read, but it's nevertheless an enjoyable conclusion to Simon and Caroline’s story.

Rating: 4 Stars

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57 comments:

  1. Margarita. (sorry, been spending a little too much time with the kiddos ;)

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  2. Loved Wallbanger! Excited to read this :-)

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  3. Would love to have a print copy!!! Thanks so much

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  4. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!!

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  5. I absolutely loved Wallbanger!! Can't wait to read this!

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  6. I LOVED Wallbanger!! Can NOT wait to read Rusty Nailed.

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  7. Love, love, love Alice Clayton. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  8. looking forward to reading this. Thanks

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  9. Oh my gosh, I am so glad I stalk your awesome site! Thanks for the chance to win this!

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  10. Loved Wallbanger! I can't wait to check out this next book! Thank you!

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  11. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wallbanger and I'm so glad Alice is going to continue the Cocktail series. I cannot wait to read Rusty Nailed.

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  12. Huge fan of Alice Clayton's books would love this to go with my Wallbanger

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  13. I loved Wallbanger! I can't wait to read Rusty Nailed, too! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  14. I can't wait to read this one!! I love Wallbanger!

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  15. Can't wait to read more from Alice Clayton. .and pray I get to meet her this weekend at Book Bash!!!

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  16. Wallbanger was one of my favorite reads last year and I have been so eager for this release.

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  17. Looking forward to reading this one

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  18. I loved Wallbanger.....Can't wait to read this one.

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  19. I cannot wait to read this latest book by Alice Clayton!

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  20. I absolutely loved Wallbanger and cannot wait to continue the story of Simon and Caroline!!

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  21. I loved Wallbanger and can't wait to read Rusty Nailed!!

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  22. I'm so happy that this has become a series. I love Alice's writing and cannot wait to read Rusty Nailed.

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  23. Love Alice Clayton!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  24. Loved Wallbanger and can't wait for this one or the rest of the series!

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  25. It would be great to win this. I loved Wallbanger.

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  26. Love your Blog!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  27. Love Wallbanger and can't wait to read this one.

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  28. yay! I love this series! Thank you so much!

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  29. Can't wait to read Rusty Nailed. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy ;)

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  30. Thanks for the chance. I can't wait to read Rusty Nailed!!!

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  31. i absolutely LOVE Wallbanger! Thanks for the chance!!

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  32. I am finishing up Wallbanger now and I am looking forward to Rust Nailed.

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  33. Anything. Anything at all.
    Lol, kidding. I just got Wallbanger, so it would be amazing if I got the sequel. It sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

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  34. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

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  35. I love Wallbanger and Im freaking excited to read this one!

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  36. Looking forward to reading Rusty Nailed, I loved reading Wallbanger. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  37. Look forward to reading this series. Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  38. Thank you for the giveaway and have a great week!!

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